Mar 30, 2023 - Music

3 Things to know before you go to Dreamville Festival

Dreamville Festival 2022. Photo: Courtesy of Dreamville Festival / Parallel Agency

Raleigh is the hottest city in North Carolina — at least for this weekend. Dreamville Festival has become one of the biggest attractions here in recent years. 

The two-day festival, which runs April 1-2 in Raleigh’s Dorothea Dix Park, includes several big-name acts including Drake, Usher, J Cole and Charlotte native Lute.

Here are 3 things to know before you go:


There are two main entrances (east and west) on opposite sides of Dorothea Dix Park. The park is located between downtown (east entrance) and NC State’s Campus, which is closest to the west entrance. 

  • There are at least nine paid parking lots near the university close to the park and four locations downtown close to the downtown shuttle stop. Parking can cost up to $50 per day.
  • There is a downtown shuttle at Moore Square that’ll drop you off next to the west entrance into the event. It’ll run nonstop from 10am-1am. It costs $20 to ride the shuttle.
  • The Lyft/Uber pick up and drop off will get you the closet to the park without having to walk a long way.


Doors open at noon. Performances start at 1pm on both days.

  • There are security checkpoints to search belongings on both sides of the main entrances. This could take a while, depending on what time you arrive. 
  •  Performances will alternate between two stages, Rise and Shine, throughout the day.

What to bring

You’re allowed to have a personal bag and an empty water bottle.

  • All bags larger than a small clutch or fanny pack must be clear. A small clutch or fanny pack that’s not clear can only have one zipper.  
  • There are storage lockers if you need a space to store additional items that you purchase on the festival grounds.
  • Hydration packs can have more than two pockets. They must be empty but don’t have to be clear. 

What’s next: If you don’t want to suffer from FOMO, you can purchase a verified resale ticket on the Dreamville website.


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